Sunday, April 19, 2009

the Unexpected

I have now gone a full week, and only 45 minutes on the bike total. This was an unexpected time off ~ a weird string of not feeling well that only progressively got worse. No official word on what I'm fighting, but the appetite has vaporized and energy levels are at the low water mark. I'm writing this post this morning instead of participating in my second time trial. I am hoping to be better by next Sunday, so I can head out to Alpenrose & learn how to ride the velodrome.

However, it is sunny and springy outside. Tulips and Daffodils are flourishing, bugs are once again splattered on the windshield, sunblock is back as a daily staple, and bbq season is about to commence.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Yeast Love

I acknowledge and appreciate the no-gluten movement. However, there is a fundamental part of me that purely enjoys a fabulous, yeasty wheat bread. I've tried two new recipes the past few weeks, and they are worth sharing.

First - Focaccia. http://www.thepauperedchef.com/2009/03/focaccia-the-easiest-homemade-bread.html
Yum. Easy ~ I did start mine in the bread machine on dough setting, but had I not been keeping an eye on it, it might have easily risen beyond the capacity of my machine and created a horrendous mess. (woah, deja vous - I think this exact case happened to me in a dream!) My only customization was to pan roast some garlic cloves, and use the "smash between fingers then rub over the top of the dough" application. A subtle garlic flavor in every bite!

Second - Stuffed Pizza with Ease! http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/StuffedPizza
I did not make my own dough, what with trying to make this after work and workout (note that did not give enough time to prep & eat dinner before 8:30pm) and the fact that New Seasons has some pretty great organic pizza dough read to go in the refrigerator section. I made the regular / large size in order to maintain the thinnest crust.

My pizza was stuffed with:
  • chicken breast cooked in Seeds of Change Roasted Red Pepper Dressing
  • Kalmata Olives
  • Sundried Tomato
  • Chevre
  • Mozarella
  • (insert additional veg to delight yourself - more red peppers, roasted or otherwise, or spinach, or artichoke hearts, or mushrooms...)
and then topped with a Roasted Red Pepper Dressing + Tomato Sauce Sauce. YUM. I really like how clean this pizza comes out. I do have a small springform, but not the 4" they suggest. This recipe just might entice me to pick some up! Next time I will probably brush the pan with melted butter + olive oil, along with the top of the pie to increase golden brown deliciousness.

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